CAJON VALLEY DISTRICT SHUTS DOWN SCHOOL OVER TOXIC CONCERNS

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

BILL SEEKS TO PROTECT CHEERLEADERS, REDUCE INJURIES

PATRIOT ACT EXPIRES AFTER FILIBUSTER BY RAND PAUL

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD FOR LA MESA OKTOBERFEST 2015

$10,000 LIBRARY CHALLENGE GRANT ANNOUNCED

OCOTILLO WIND FAILS TO PRODUCE POWER PROMISED FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW

GOATS ARE BAAAAA-CK: CLEARING BRUSH IN LEMON GROVE

SAND MINING PROJECT IN EL MONTE VALLEY ON AGENDA FOR LAKESIDE PLANNERS JUNE 3

ANIMAL TALES: ROY TOFT, WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER AND TOUR GUIDE

APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS BLOCKING OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ORDER

NIGHT FISHING AT SANTEE LAKES OPENS FOR SUMMER

THEATRE OR REALITY? HOW A HOMELESS MAN BECAME AN ACCOMPLICE

 

How exactly do an East Country actor and a San Diego homeless man become friends? Theatre, of course.

Story and photo by Ron Logan

April 22, 2013 (Little Italy, San Diego) – Jerry is homeless. He likes movies and the arts. As a younger man he enjoyed watching the filmmaking students at Long Beach State University as they created their films near his home. As it turns out, he also has a knack for theatre.

Jerry is one of the estimated 10,000 homeless in San Diego County. He is a pleasant man. A San Diego native; intelligent, well-spoken and polite. Nearly 56 years young, he has been on the streets for about seven years now.

When I first heard about Jerry I assumed he might have fallen on hard times and wasn't very happy – that he didn't have control of his situation. I was wrong.

APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR CITY OF EL CAJON'S NEW VETERANS COMMISSION

 

El Cajon City Council is accepting applications for five vacancies on the City’s newly created Veterans Commission.

The filing period opened April 24 and closes May 20 at 5:30 p.m. Interviews will be conducted May 28 at 7 pm. in Council Chambers, 200 Civic Center Way in El Cajon.

MISSING LA MESA SENIOR FOUND SAFE IN ESCONDIDO

 

April 24, 2013 (La Mesa)--Euene Rentfrow, reported missing April 22 in La Mesa, has been located in Escondido.

La Mesa Police had sought public help to find Rentfrow, who suffers from dementia.  Rentfrow, 72, had been seen at  San Diego RV, 7407 Alvarado Road. He was wearing a red and blue flannel shirt and camouflage pants.

NEW SAN DIEGO GREEN LEADERS: THE ROAD TO 100% RENEWABLES

 

April 24, 2013 (San Diego) – Join San Diego’s green leaders at the Green Experts Academy on May 7 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.  Discover the latest initiatives as San Diego moves toward a carbon-free future. Learn cutting edge info on job creation and green policy, plus best practices form global solar leaders that could help San Diego rapidly reach 100% renewable energy utilization.

Speakers include Supervisor Dave Roberts, San Diego Unified School Board Vice President Kevin Beiser, and Peter Vogel, Executive Vice President of Wirsol Solar in Canada will be among the speakers. Event includes networking with top green leaders in San Diego, complimentary buffet, beverages, free parking and event material.

PASSAGES: SKYLINE CHURCH PASTOR CAROL GARLOW

     

 "Believer, wife, mother, grandmother, pastor, and musician"  

Services set for May 3                                                                                                                   

April 24, 2013 (La Mesa) -- Carol Garlow, 62, Pastor of prayer and intercession at Skyline Church and wife of Senior Pastor Dr. Jim Garlow, passed away at her home in El Cajon on Sunday, April 21, 2013 after a nearly six-year courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was comforted and surrounded by her family and close friends.

“She never stopped praying and caring for others throughout her entire journey, right up to the very end of her life,” said Jim Garlow.

CONGRESSWONAN DAVIS COAUTHORS BILL TO BLOCK RATE HIKE ON STUDENT LOANS

 

April 24, 2013 (Washington D.C.)--Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) cosponsored legislation to block the doubling of interest rates on Stafford student loans set to kick in July of this year.  The Student Loan Relief Act (H.R. 1595) would continue the current 3.4% rate through 2015.

“We need to ensure that access to higher education stays within the reach of middle class and lower-income families,” said Davis, a senior member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. “If we want our children - and America, for that matter - to be competitive in the global economy, access to an affordable college education will be key.”

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

April 24, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

 

LOCAL/REGIONAL

STATE

Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.

MEDIA WATCH: MEDIA REFORM SUMMIT APRIL 27 IN LOS ANGELES

 

By guest columnist Marie Ida Johnson

April 24, 2013 (San Diego) --If you are concerned about media control, ownership and reform and how your community is served, a summit this Saturday may offer thoughtful perspectives.  While the focus will be on Los Angeles news coverage, don’t think that these discussions will not affect you.  Media concerns and new ideas for better news in any area of the country concern all of us and the summit speakers are quite impressive.

LA Media Reform Group announces its 6th Annual LA Media Reform Summit at Occidental College in Los Angeles from 1-5 p.m. followed by a reception.  The summit is co-hosted by: California Common Cause, The LA Progressive, and the Occidental College Urban and Environmental Policy Institute.  To complete the evening MoveOn is hosting the first public showing of a new documentary on whistleblowers and the free press.

20TH ANNUAL SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL WILL FEATURE MS. SMARTY-PLANTS, GROSSMONT COLLEGE JAZZ COMBO, AND BOOK SIGNINGS AMONG OTHER FORMS OF ENTERTAINMENT

 

By Janis Mork

 April 24, 2013 (Rancho San Diego)- The 20th annual spring garden festival hosted by the Water Conservation Garden and Cuyamaca College, will be taking place this Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cuyamaca College. This festival includes experts on raising urban chickens, beekeeping and vegetable gardening, as well as garden professionals, a plant sale, animal encounters for kids, live music and more.

Elizabeth Ramos, director of marketing and events at the Water Conservation Garden, participated in an exclusive interview with ECM last week to give more details about the garden’s mission and the festival.  Listen to a recording of our interview with Ramos here: http://kiwi6.com/file/df12etpwb7.  For more details, scroll down.

WINNERS OF 2013 LAKE JENNINGS PHOTO CONTEST ANNOUNCED

April 24, 2013 (La Mesa) – The Lake Jennings March Photo Contest garnered 83 spectacular entries from individuals throughout Southern California and Arizona, from age 8 and older. Photographers roamed the banks, paddled into the deep, hung out in Hermit Cove, watched the wild life, and clicked shutters. Winning entries were selected in both the Youth and Adult categories. Photos can be viewed on the Helix Water District or Lake Jennings’ Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.519785861417321.1073741828.301972993198610&type=1#!/media/set/?set=a.519785861417321.1073741828.301972993198610&type=1


TWO MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE CASES CONFIRMED

Two probable cases of illness also identified

April 24, 2013 (San Diego) – A 22-year-old man died last week and a 47-year-old man is currently hospitalized from confirmed meningococcal disease, the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) announced. Two cases of probable meningococcal disease were also reported. The general public is not at risk for exposure from any of the cases reported.

COUNTY SUPERVISORS BACK BIPARTISAN BILLS TO SAVE RAMONA AIRPORT TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER

 

Congressional legislation aims to halt June 15 closure of FAA tower, others

County  News Service

April 23, 2013 (San Diego)--The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday (4/23) urged federal lawmakers to approve pending legislation in Congress that would save the Ramona Airport traffic control tower. The board, on a 5-0 vote, endorsed a pair of bipartisan federal bills that would halt the June 15 closure of the East County facility, along with nearly 150 other towers funded by the Federal Aviation Administration.

CHILD BITTEN BY RATTLESNAKE IN SPRING VALLEY; COUNTY REPORTS JUMP IN SNAKE SIGHTINGS

 

April 23, 2013 (Spring Valley)—A 5-year-old girl was bitten on the foot by a snake yesterday while playing in a grassy common area of a condo complex at 8700 Spring Canyon Road in the La Presa area of Spring Valley.  CAL FIRE/San Miguel Fire District firefighters responded to the call shortly before noon.  With help from residents, firefighters from Station 16 located and confirmed it to be a rattlesnake.

The child was transported to Sharp Grossmont where she is receiving anti-venom.  "She is doing well, according to the mother," Leonard Villareal with San Miguel Fire told ECM today.

San Diego County Animal Services indicated there was a huge jump in snake calls yesterday. As the weather warms up, the snakes become more active.

Animal Poison Control Center offers several tips to avoid chance encounters with snakes:

WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 

April 17, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

WORLD

SCIENCE AND HEALTH

Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.

MAN CRUSHED BETWEEN VEHICLES IN LA MESA

 

April 23, 2013 (La Mesa) – A 64-year-old man has died after being pinned between a car and an RV.  La Mesa Police responded to a 9-1-1- call reporting am an run over by a vehicle in the 4400 block of Dale Avenue.

Upon arrival they found the victim unconscious after being pinned between the two vehicles.  He succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

PATTERN ENERGY RECEIVES AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS AT OCOTILLO

 

Image left: Bighorn Sheep at Ocotillo - Robert Baran photo, East County Magazine

By   Roy L. Hales at San Diego Loves Green, originally posted April 21, 2013

April 23, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The California Association of Environmental Professionals has awarded the Ocotillo Wind project with its highest award for Outstanding Environmental Analysis and Documentation at a joint conference of AEP and the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP). The Builder, Pattern Energy, claims,  “The Ocotillo Wind project will provide enough clean and renewable energy to power nearly 125,000 homes in Southern California each year.”

Speaking as a non-scientist, the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the name Ocotillo is a stream of videos (click on this link to go to the Save Ocotillo index page) that stretches beyond the four months this project has been online and continues to document the scarcity of wind. Though not a “scientific study,” they never-the-less constitute a visual chronology that includes a great many details that would not otherwise be available to the public. One has to merely scan the titles to realize something is very wrong:

PADRES PLAYER IN LINEUP AT POWAY CHAMBER MIXER APRIL 25

April 23, 2013 (Poway) -- Members of the business community are invited to attend the Poway Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Mixer at Business Copier Solutions at 13750 Danielson Street, Poway, CA 92064 on Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 5:30 -7:30pm. 

Free refreshments and entertainment will be provided and a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held during the Mixer.  Business Copier Solutions will also host an Open House from 1:00 to 7:30pm. During the open house, a surprise Padres Player will be on-hand for pictures and autographs. Attendees will also have the chance to enter opportunity drawings.

THE ATTORNEY'S CORNER: POWERS OF ATTORNEY & ESTATE PLANNING

 

“Your source for Trusts, Wills, Probate, Family Law & more”

By Stephen C. Ross, Esq.

April 23, 2013 (San Diego County) – A power of attorney (POA) is a written document wherein a person (the principal) appoints another person (the agent) to transact business and manage property on behalf of the principal. A POA has many purposes in estate planning, including: allowing the agent to transfer property into a revocable trust that is the principal’s primary estate planning tool; facilitating gifts to take advantage of the federal annual gift tax exclusion; and, allowing the agent to operate the principal’s business that is not included in a trust.

EDITORIAL: TIME FOR LEADING PLAYERS TO TAKE ACTION TOWARD REOPENING EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

 

By Miriam Raftery, Editor, East County Magazine

April 23, 2013 (El Cajon) – This afternoon, the spotlight will shine on the El Cajon City Council as it considers whether to enter into discussions with the Grossmont Union High School District on a potential partnership to reopen the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC).  The plan potentially could also including building a state-of-the-art, multi-use facility adjacent to ECPAC, filling a community need for meeting space as well as an additional entertainment venue to create a broader cultural hub for the community.

It’s time for city leaders to take center stage and provide leadership to reopen ECPAC, the jewel of East County’s cultural community.  Shuttered in disrepair for several years, the darkened theater has negatively impacted businesses downtown as well as arts lovers across our region. 

A partnership with the school district could be a win-win situation, though there are challenges that must be explored and overcome.

A WINE EXPERIENCE IN THE COUNTRY: SAVOR VINTAGE ALPINE MAY 5

 

April 23, 2013 (Alpine) – The public is invited to sample wines from California and the world, as well as enjoy tastings from restaurants throughout the County at Vintage Alpine on Sunday, May 5 from 1-4 p.m.  The event will be held at Summers Past Farms, 15602 Olde Highway 80 in Flinn Springs.  Guests can also stroll through the gardens, listen to music and bid on silent auction items.  

The event is sponsored by the Alpine Kiwanis Club. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis projects including Bike Rewards for perfect attendance in elementary schools, equipment for youth sports, local scout troops, plus East County Special Olympics Track and Field.

READERS CALENDAR FOR APRIL 23-30

April 23 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Anna Quindlen, who will discuss and sign her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake. This event is free and open to the public, however Reserved Seating is available. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. at (858) 454-0347 for details. In order to be signed Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake must be purchased from Warwick's.

E-COLI FOUND IN WATER AT EL MONTE COUNTY PARK : BOIL WATER ISSUED

   

April 22, 2013 (Lakeside)--The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for El Monte County Park located at 15805 El Monte Road, Lakeside, CA 92040 effective immediately.  The water system serves a ranger residence, park office and public restrooms.

The drinking water system has tested present for E.Coli and total coliform bacteria.  The presence of E.Coli bacteria indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes.  Health effects can include diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms.  E.Coli may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. 

HERITAGE OF AMERICAS MUSEUM HOSTS FIVE-CHOICES DREAM RAFFLE APRIL 27

 

 

April 12, 2013 (Rancho San Diego)—“The Museum’s Five-Choices Dream Raffle is always a hit at the Spring Garden Festival.  Because it’s our 20th anniversary, we really went all out this year,” says curator Kathleen Oatsvall at Heritage of the Americas Museum on the campus of Cuyamaca College.  So the Museum chose five fabulous prizes—one to honor each wing of its museum (natural history, archaeology, anthropology and art) plus the museum gift shop. 

Options include a massive amethyst cathedral crystal, pre-Columbian artifacts, a Hopi Kachina and other artifacts dating from after 1492, an oil painting titled “Medicine Horse” by Douglas Weaver, and a gift certificate to the Museum Store.

GROWING ACTIVITIES AT SANTREE FEST APRIL 27

April 21, 2013 (Santee) – What began eight years ago as Santee’s homegrown observance of Arbor Day and Earth Day has blossomed into an all-day extravaganza named SanTree Fest.

”We named it SanTree Fest because it began as a simple gathering of local families, scout troops and young people to green up our parks with trees,” said Recreation Coordinator Bree Stanley. “While the focus is still on the environment and sustainability, we’ve made it more fun for the entire family.”

This year’s daylong festival will feature more booths, more free activities for children, and more entertainment.

CATCH THE BEAT AT RAMONA MUSIC FEST APRIL 27

 

Event is prelude to nine days of music, with Ramona Bluegrass Festival May 4-5 as finale

April 13, 2013 (Ramona)–Sara Petite and a variety of exceptional music artists will rock Dos Picos County Park during the sixth annual Ramona Music Fest on Saturday, April 27. The event will feature headlining acts, well-established performers and exciting local talent. This is the kick-off event for the nine days of music in Ramona, rolling into the Ramona Bluegrass & Old West Fest ending with the Ramona Bluegrass Festival the following weekend.

Among those set to appear on two stages are the Combos, HarryJoe Reynolds, Ramona High School Royal Blues Jazz Band, the Shirthouse Bluegrass Band, and Roy Rapid and the Rhythm Rock Trio. Musical styles will include ska, rock, Americana, rockabilly, blues, jazz and bluegrass.

CAJON CLASSIC CRUISES ARE BACK—STARTING APRIL 24

 

April 18, 2013 (El Cajon) – The Cajon Classic Cruise series starts early this year, with opening night April 24.  The cruise nights will continue each Wednesday through September 25, featuring   more than 200 specialty, classic and unique cars  gathering at Main and Magnolia in Downtown El Cajon.

The Cajon Classic Cruise will be held from 5-8 p.m. and will feature a weekly theme. Visitors can view the best theme cars, enjoy dinner and drink specials from local restaurants, play in bounce houses for the kids, and enjoy street vendors peddling delights including kettle corn and hot dogs.

FLIGHTS CANCELLED, DELAYED AS FURLOUGHS ON AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS TAKE EFFECT

 

April 21, 2013 (San Diego)--Nationwide federal furloughs of air traffic controllers due to budget cuts that started today are delaying many flights coming into San Diego's Lindbergh Field, KNSJ news director Mike Hancock has informed ECM.  Flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston and Phoenix are running late or have been cancelled.

Check ahead if you're expecting passengers coming into the airport: http://www.san.org/sdia/flights/default.aspx

BLACK GOLD: THE RUSH IS ON--BUT AT WHAT PRICE TO COMMUNITIES AND OUR ENVIRONMENT?

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 21, 2013 (San Diego) – “Another scourge is beginning in California,” environmental activist Peg Mitchell told audience members at a forum on environmental justice issues hosted by Activist San Diego on April 15.  That “scourge”  is fracking – and in California, it’s all about extracting oil, not natural gas. 

To frack for oil requires millions of gallons of water –a precious commodity in Cailfornia.  It also means injecting toxic chemicals that corporations are not required to disclose due to the “Halliburton Law” pushed through by former Vice President Dick Cheney. 

The public doesn’t have a right to know where fracking is occurring or where its waste products will be dumped—even though fracking can cause earthquakes, disturb radioactive substances in the earth, reinject contaminated water into wells, and potentially pollute thousands of miles of coastline.

So why the push to frack for oil in California?

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